I practise mainly in the areas of Chancery and Commercial law, which extends to litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation as forms of dispute resolution. I particularly specialise in construction disputes, public procurement challenges, banking and professional negligence actions for and against solicitors, architects, surveyors and financial advisors. I also advise on public law aspects of commercial law, including licensing and planning.
I graduated with the degrees of BA and BCL from Oxford University in 1993 and was called to the Bar in 1994. I took Silk in 2011. I am currently Chair of the Commercial Bar Association and member of the Commercial Court Liaison Committee. I am a Member of the Government Civil Senior Panel.
Recent cases include:
Fitzpatrick, Bernard J & ors v Sarcon (No 177) Limited  NICA 58 - enforcement of building agreement and interpretation of contractual provisions
Devine, Sean v McAteer, Daniel  NICA 30 - professional negligence of accountant
First4skills Limited v Department for Employment and Learning  NIQB 59 - application to lift stay in public procurement challenge
Irish Waste Services Limited v Northern Ireland Water Limited & others  NIQB 41 - public procurement challenge
Brookview Developments Limited v Ferguson, David t/a David Ferguson and Associates & others  NIQB 37 - security for costs in professional negligence action
Gibson (Banbridge) Limited v Fermanagh District Council  NIQB 16 - enforcement of adjudicators’ awards
Lincoln Centre Belfast Limited v Northern Ireland Housing Executive  NICh 31 - enforcement of development agreement
Law Society of Northern Ireland v Bank of Ireland  NIQB 130 - liability of bankers under Bills of Exchange Act 1882
Northern Ireland Housing Executive v Healthy Buildings (Ireland) Limited  NICA 27 - interpretation of the dispute resolution provisions of the NEC3 contract
John Sisk & Son Holdings Limited v Western Health and Social Care Trust & another  NIQB 56 - application to lift the statutory suspension of contract award in public procurement proceedings
Sterling, Edward v Northern Ireland Environment Agency  NIQB 8 - liability of regulator in relation to environmental enforcement action
Charity Commission for Northern Ireland v Bangor Provident Trust Ltd  NICh 19 - appeal from Charity Tribunal on whether bodies were charities in law
Victoria Housing Estates Limited v The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland  NICh 20 - appeal from Charity Tribunal on whether bodies were charities in law